As the album name implies, Power Chords hears Krol embracing his punk rock roots — though as a press release puts it, it's like "the chords are playing him rather than the other way around."
The sound was influenced by the likes of Misfits, the Strokes, Weezer and the Ramones, but also doesn't shy away from experimenting with unusual guitar lines and melodies.
The record even has the co-sign of Swearin' singer/songwriter and Krol's partner, Allison Crutchfield, who gave some further insight into the album via a new Instagram post.
She explained that Krol started recording the album in Nashville, and put finishing touches on it in Los Angeles.
"I saw him agonize over every detail and refuse to compromise, make side steps and tumbles and ultimately, overcome it all to make an album that no one else could have possibly made," she wrote.
Since the day I met Mike (March 22, 2017), he has in one way or another been working on 'Power Chords'. In the beginning he was finishing writing songs and sending me demos and lyrics, asking for my opinions and ideas. Then later he flew to Nashville to begin recording and then spent the better part of a year making finishing touches with various friends at home in LA. Then once it was finished and mastered, I saw him work on the cover art and packaging and realized the hard part had only just begun; it has been a constant topic of discussion and variable to navigate for us throughout our entire relationship thus far. I saw him agonize over every detail and refuse to compromise, make side steps and tumbles and ultimately, overcome it all to make an album that no one else could have possibly made. I'll never stop feeling inspired by the level of attention he's willing to pay, or the extreme patience that kind of commitment requires. I have learned so much from him about having standards and taking your time while watching him create this record, and I've can honestly say I've never been prouder of anyone than I am now that this thing is making its way into the world. This record feels so complete and whole and as someone who makes records, that feeling is extraordinarily rare. you're gonna love it. // "Power Chords" is our January 25, 2019 on Merge Records <3
See the full tracklisting for Power Chords, as well as Krol's upcoming tour dates in support of the LP, below. You can also stream lead single "Little Drama."
1. Power Chords
2. What's the Rhythm
3. An Ambulance
4. Little Drama
5. Left for Dead
6. Blue and Pink
7. I Wonder
8. Wasted Memory
9. Nothing to Yell About
10. Arrow in My Heart
11. The End
02/15 San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
02/16 Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Theater
02/20 San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
02/22 Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
02/23 Seattle, WA - Crocodile Back Bar
02/26 Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
02/27 Milwaukee, WI - The Back Room
02/28 Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
03/01 Detroit, MI - Deluxx Fluxx
03/02 Toronto, ON - The Garrison
03/04 Allston, MA - Great Scott
03/05 Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade
03/06 Philadelphia, PA - The Boot & Saddle
03/07 Washington, DC - DC9
03/08 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
03/10 Atlanta, GA - The Earl
03/11 New Orleans, LA - Gasa Gasa
03/19 Denver, CO - Globe Hall
03/20 Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
03/22 Reno, NV - Holland Project
03/23 Visalia, CA - Cellar Door